Set off early for a morning of shopping, laneways and cafes or city-circle sightseeing.
Start the day with a trip to Queen Victoria Market. The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market is at its bustling best early in the morning. Pick up souvenirs and local arts and crafts before joining throngs of locals queuing for delicious deli treats and heart-starting coffee.
For further retail therapy, make your way to Emporium on Lonsdale Street to stroll the shiny rows of designer stores and their racks of Australian and international designer labels.
Nearby, The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi, Melbourne Style and Melbournalia are all perfect for swish souvenirs by local designers, and the eclectic boutiques in Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street offer up more local fashion and design.
Laneways and cafes
Take in the sights and caffeinated aromas of Melbourne's famous laneways. Take a walking tour, solo or guided, and have your camera ready for the ever-changing street art. If you've only time for one laneway artscape, make it Hosier Lane, opposite Fed Square.
The city's laneways are Melbourne's cafe HQ. Try out any one of the cafes nestled between galleries and boutiques or join those in the know at Captains of Industry, Brother Baba Budan, Manchester Press or Degraves Espresso Bar.
Hop aboard the free City Circle Tram and set your sights on the city's hub, Federation Square. Known as 'Fed Square' to the locals, this modern architectural icon is more than a public square. Fringed with cafes and restaurants with views of the Yarra River, the square houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre, your best stop for an introduction to Australian art, as well as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), a must-see for cinema-lovers.
To see it all from on-high, stroll over to the Eureka Skydeck at Southbank for unsurpassed views of Melbourne from the 88th floor.